As a believer, we must be seriously concerned about donations and charity work. I understand that part of our social duty is to donate and practice charity. But today, unfortunately, the act of donation is being used to scam people. We don’t want to get scammed from someone who acts as if they are penniless or as if they are a trustworthy solicitor that helps. We want to ensure that our hard-earned money goes unwasted; instead, it gives more value.
The background story Donate the right way…
I grew in a small urban city in Pampanga, Philippines. I used to see beggars and street children by local and from other places soliciting and asking for help. Some are disabled, and some are homeless. On many occasions, I saw the same asking and receiving from people who pass by, including me. But this has caught my attention. These same people were begging for help; I see them gambling, playing cards, or color-coded bets. Some are children, and I see them sniffing rugby (solvent) and getting high. I see men asking for alms looking who are physically fit. Stronger than me. I see some disabled asking for donations and yet smoking or drinking.
These situations raised questions to me. Why do I need to help them when they are not helping themselves? Especially when I see older people who still work hard by scavenging garbage or selling general merch under the sun’s scorching heat. Government agencies and NGOs are helping homeless and street children, but they escape from these institutions returning to the street begging. People who work hard, willingly giving them help yet they misuse it.
I have full of doubts.
I can’t help but think negatively.
It makes me sad.
How to know if you donate the right way?
After reading scriptures and listening to lectures, and through some of my friends’ advice, I came to know three vital aspects when donating or doing charity works.
- The instant feeling of Compassion.
- An Eye-Opener Situation.
- Genuine Intention and Cause.
Also Read: A Complete Guide to Charity Work
How to deal with doubts when donating?
Dealing with doubts when donating was a never-ending struggle for me. So, I have set my mind and always reminding myself of the three vital aspects. As soon as I felt ‘the need’ of sharing and giving, I am, regardless of the situation. As soon as I sense ‘the need’ of sharing and providing, I am, irrespective of the dilemma. I always pray and asking guidance to our God Almighty to clear my heart and mind from doubts. It is best to confess your worries and hesitations to God, and He will direct you.
My Story of Giving and Support
In my twenties, I went to many struggles in studying and fulfilling my parents’ and my dream, which is to earn a degree. With God’s grace, hard work, the help of my parents, and grandparents and others with good hearts, I completed my studies and earned my degree. As soon as I graduated, I landed on a job that has enabled me to address our household needs and some fancies.
I’m pleased because I can now help in terms of household expenses, and at the same time, I can sustain my needs and wants. Until one day, something is missing. What is this? I’m not sure, and I started to feel isolated. Yes, I have my family and friends being supportive of me; but I still feel incomplete. I began to question my purpose.
One day in 2013, I had to run some errands, and I was in a mall. A woman came after me. She quickly showed me some paper works and briefly told me her cause. In a flash, I “felt the call to do something.” Without a doubt, I have signed up for a monthly donation. From that day up to the present and future, I am humbled and thankful because this charitable institution has enabled me to be a helping hand to less privileged children in the Philippines without a qualm.
I understand that it is only a small amount of money, but I know I will be able to share my blessings on a massive scale in the future. I know I cannot do it alone, but together we can!
I have shared my story to encourage and perhaps inspire you to choose and support a foundation that will enable you to care, love, and help less privileged. Don’t be afraid nor doubt yourself. Remember that; we have many options. Aside from cash, we can give gifts in kind or by becoming a volunteer. Because Together, We Can, We Will!
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